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Thursday, 26 February 1959

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member will remain silent.

Mr HAROLD HOLT - This was not raised by the honorable gentleman other than on Tuesday of this week. I have had a letter from Mr. Cahill which indicates his general intention. In view of the honorable gentleman's earlier question and the interest that other honorable members have in the problem of the New South Wales coal-fields, I am sure that the Premier would wish me to pass his views on to the House. In acknowledging the arrangement under which local government loan raisings were to be authorized, Mr. Cahill commented -

I feel sure that this action will have the desired effect of permitting these bodies to carry out various important works and also of affording some relief in the unemployment situation, particularly in the northern coal-fields areas of this State.

That confirms the view 1 had formed, and which I conveyed to the honorable gentleman. I may add that Mr. Cahill was good enough, in the concluding paragraph of his communication to me, to add an expression of appreciation of the action and the assistance of the Commonwealth Government in this matter, following his talk with the Prime Minister and myself earlier this year.

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